Chanel 2.55 - how you can spot a fake!

Posted by Jonathan Delmas

Here we show you what the classic Chanel 2.55 flap bag should look like, the style description and to help you verify the authenticity, you will find the standard production dimensions for this iconic range a bags.

The Avenard Couture team are writing a series of articles to assist you when you are shopping around for your next preloved Chanel bag.  If you are looking for Chanel today, take a look at our collection, our team adds new stock all the time, don't forget to check back, or you can ask our team to source your next bag for you.

We want to help you avoid the disappointment and loss of being sold a counterfeit (fake) item.  Here we detail the Chanel 2.55 and Chanel 2.55 reissue handbags.

Chanel 02.55 reissue versus Chanel 2.55 classic chains
The Chanel 2.55 is made with a metal only chain the design is derived from the classic CC which the strap is created by mixing the iconic Chanel metal chain with an interwoven leather. This finish was introduced in 1983 and the original were all plated with 24 carat gold. Then late in 2008 Chanel stopped production of the 24 carat gold Chanel chains. These iconic Chanel bags with 24 carat gold chains are now driving renewed interest in the secondary resale market. If you find one, the Avenard Couture team advises you to snap it up!

avenard couture Chanel 2.55 Karl Lagerfeld reissue classic flap bag authentic with interlocked CC closure locking system Interlocking CC closure

 Avenard couture classic Chanel 2.55 square lock mademoiselle flap bag luxury designer bag quilted leather blackSquare lock Mademoiselle

Chanel classic interlocking CC lock closure
It wasn’t until Karl Lagerfeld took over as creative director in 1983 that the Chanel Classic Flap bag was created, he used the 2.55 shape and used a softer lambskin leather and caviar , changed the lock from a square shape to a cc interlocked and instead of a full chain used a interwoven leather chain,
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Chanel 2.55 and Classic size comparison chart

Our team have created this chart as a quick reference guide for you to judge the authenticity of a Chanel 2.55 or the Chanel 2.55 reissue you are interested in.  We present the standard specifications, which any reputable seller should be able to provide to you.

How to identify a Classic Chanel 2.55 flap bag

Here we show you what the classic Chanel 2.55 flap bag should look like, the style description and to help you verify the authenticity, you will find the standard production dimensions for this iconic range of bags.


Classic Flap - Extra Mini

17 x 10 x 7.5 cm


Classic Flap - Mini(Square)

17 x 13 x 6.5 cm


Classic Flap - New Mini

20 x 13 x 5 cm


Classic Flap - Small

23.5 x 14.5 x 6.5 cm


Classic Flap - Medium

25.5 x 16 x 7.5 cm


Classic Flap - Jumbo

30 x 20 x 10 cm


Classic Flap - Maxi

34 x 23 x 10 cm


How to identify a Chanel 2.55 flap bag reissue

Here you will find details which show you what the Chanel 2.55 reissue flap bag should look like, the style description and to help you verify the authenticity, you will find the standard production dimensions for this classic range of bags.


2.55 Reissue - 224

20 x 14.5 x 7.5 cm


2.55 Reissue - 225

24 x 16 x 7 cm


2.55 Reissue - 226

28 x 19 x 6 cm


2.55 Reissue - 227

31.5 x 20 x 10 cm


If you follow this guide, checking to ensure that your next Chanel 2.55 or Chanel 2.55 reissue, matches the correct image for the description, and the measurements are accurate for the described bag as well as the hardware being the correct chain and locking closure for the described bag you are likely to avoid many of the counterfeit or fake Chanel bags which are circulating on the resale market.  You will find a detailed investigation of the security measures and expectations of serial numbers associated with Chanel bags which will help you weed out additional counterfeit bags.  Of course with the ever increasing prevalence of the "super-fake" bags we strongly recommend buying from a reputable reseller who provides authentication services as part of their standard offering.  If you have a bag you'd like to authenticate, consider the Avenard Couture Authentication service.  If you are buying or selling your Chanel bag, our team are here to help you, contact us here.


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